Mesoponera testacea

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Mesoponera testacea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Mesoponera
Species: M. testacea
Binomial name
Mesoponera testacea
(Bernard, 1953)

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Specimen labels

At a Glance • Limited invasive  


Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Guinea (type locality).
Palaearctic Region: Israel.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.




The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • testacea. Euponera (Mesoponera) testacea Bernard, 1953b: 191, fig. 2b (w.) GUINEA.
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • Type-locality: Guinea: Nion, st. 22, 15.iv., 700 m. (Lamotte).
    • Type-depository: MNHN.
    • Combination in Pachycondyla: Brown, in Bolton, 1995b: 310;
    • combination in Mesoponera: Schmidt, C.A. & Shattuck, 2014: 111.
    • Status as species: Bolton, 1995b: 310; Borowiec, L. 2014: 141.
    • Distribution: Guinea.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bernard F. 1953. La réserve naturelle intégrale du Mt Nimba. XI. Hyménoptères Formicidae. Mémoires de l'Institut Français d'Afrique Noire 19: 165-270.
  • IZIKO South Africa Museum Collection
  • Janda M., G. D. Alpert, M. L. Borowiec, E. P. Economo, P. Klimes, E. Sarnat, and S. O. Shattuck. 2011. Cheklist of ants described and recorded from New Guinea and associated islands. Available on Accessed on 24th Feb. 2011.
  • Morrison LW. 2008. Patterns of Nestedness in remote Polynesian ant faunas. Pacific Science 117-127.
  • Morrison LW. 2008. Patterns of nestedness in remote Polynesian ant faunas. Pacific Science 62(1):117-127.